On Monday, October 2, the Office of the Appellate Defender held its 24th Annual First Monday in October gala and mock Supreme Court argument. This event—which was attended by more than 400 judges, lawyers and guests—holds a place of honor in the New York City legal community’s fall calendar.
OAD was proud to recognize three exceptional and deserving lawyers: Barry Berke, of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, and John Savarese, of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, who received the Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Advocacy; and Christopher Reynolds, of Toyota Motor North America, who received the OAD Counsel for Justice Award. Please click here to read more about this year’s honorees.
The First Monday mock U.S. Supreme Court, led by Mr. Reynolds as Chief Justice, heard argument in Carpenter v. United States, a case that asks whether the government needs a warrant and probable cause to obtain cellphone records that document historical location information. Mr. Berke, as Counsel for Petitioner, and Mr. Savarese, as U.S. Solicitor General, offered compelling and persuasive arguments, answering tough questions from our enthusiastic and unrelenting Associate Justices: Jillian Berman of Levine Lee LLP, Samidh Guha of Jones Day, Matthew Mazur of Dechert LLP, Lynn Neuner of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Jonathan Polkes of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Daniel Ruzumna of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, Linda Chatman Thomsen of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, and Jim Walden of Walden Macht & Haran LLP.
OAD extends its deepest gratitude to all the participants and supporters of First Monday in October 2017. For photographs and a video recording of the event, click here.